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Vendor Spotlight At The Corner Nest Antique Mall: Offering Variety at Reasonable Prices Is the Name of the Game Elizabethton, TN. --- What makes Corner Nest Antique Mall in Elizabethton so unique lies within the 90+ vendors who present and offer an unbelievable variety of items at reasonable prices. While ‘Out ‘N About’ we over heard one customer remark, “If you can’t find it here. . .you don’t need it!” Indeed. Take vendor Doug Cox for instance. He offers an array of handmade rustic-type furniture build by the Amish in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. “Any type of furniture you can use in a house I have,” he said recently. “It’s the kind of furniture that lasts a life time and you can hand it down to your kids and grand kids. All my furniture is made of sturdy solid oak and hickory.” So how did Doug get in the furniture business

and bring his unique furniture to Corner Nest Antique Mall? “I’ve been in the business for about six years and I have a rustic house myself. I like rustic furniture and started getting it for myself and pretty soon people would ask, ‘Where did you get that?’ So, I started dealing in rustic furniture and I really enjoy having my booth at Corner Nest.” Doug said one of the most popular items he sells are his Looks like a party: Cinderella dress and accessories lie in rocking chairs with the bark left wait for the party to start. ----on or finished and varnished Upstairs at Corner Nest Antique Mall, Mary whichever way the customer wants. Presnell was busy arranging her new booth fea“And for one boy we furnished his turing designer fabrics, French Cottage Furniwhole house. . .I can find anything you need for your home. . .including vani- ture, designer and old vintage lamps. For 27 years she owned a shop in Johnson City ties, cabinets, baby beds, entertainment but retired earlier for health reasons. Her homecenters, log beds, kitchen items includmade arrangements, Shabby Chic, and home ing tables, and of course those beautiful décor is absolutely beautiful. rocking chairs,” he added. “I’ve collected fine linins for years,” she said Doug frequently visits over 20 differwith a smile. “I guess I like to play a little and ent shops in Amish Country and brings [Corner Nest] keeps me moving.” in different items to Corner Nest Antique A visit to Corner Nest Antique Mall would not Mall all the time. --- be complete without going upstairs and visiting Mary’s beautifully decorate booth full of great --For over 15 years Rick and Shirley home decorating ideas at reasonable prices. ----Malone have been in the antique busiBack down on the first floor across from Butness. They have been vendors at Corner Nest Antique Mall since Robin Blackwell ter Cup Café is a display featuring an opportunity opened it near downtown Elizabethton to sign up for bridal parties, private tea parties, and any kind of shower that might be in your or five years ago. “We visit estate sales, auctions and a friend’s future. Leave it to the folks at Corner yard sales looking for items that we Nest Antique Mall and they can put together a think our customers would enjoy,” party you’ll never forget. Shirley remarked. The Malones actually have three booths inside the mall and offer an array of eclectic items including old kitchen items, old containers, glass ware, books, old jars and antique containers, just to name a few. “I guess some of the stuff would remind you of your grandma’s kitchen,” Shirley added. “We love what we do and especially when our customers find Doug Cox’s handmade rustic-type fur- that unique item that reminds them of Rick Malone pictured in one of simpler times.” his and Shirley’s three booths.

A table is adorned with a catering display. Lisa Lyons, Manager of Butter Cup Café and Catering [along with John Carter], said the facility has begun offering unique parties for boys and girls. “For the girls we offer a Cinderella, Snow White or Princess theme tea party and for the boys it could be a John Deere or super hero theme,” she said matter-of-factly. At any rate, for only $250 eight kids can enjoy a private party of their own with everything included. And, for the adult that wants to be the host or hostess dressing up in the party theme is encouraged. The honoree comes out and walks down a runway greeting his or her guests. It’s way too cool! Lisa also want to remind our readers that Butter Cup Catering offers a full-service catering company for small and large groups. For information call: 423-470-3410. Offering great food, great price and great service right to your door.

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Planning For Distributions From A Corporation That Is Taxed As A Sub S Corporation. This article is written for an awareness and not specific instructions. Everyone should consult their own tax advisor for specific planning opportunities. Much has been written about whether it is best for an owner of a Sub S corporation to receive income as a distribution or as a salary. Many of those articles are written by individuals that are not familiar with Tennessee Tax Law. It is often recommended for shareholders of Sub S corporations to pay themselves in the form of a distribution and not as a salary. For Federal Income Tax purposes, the tax is basically the same to the individual. For income tax purposes, the same result is achieved if you pay salaries or take distributions and allow the income or loss to flow through the K-1 from a Sub S corporation. The recommendation to take distributions is often made to avoid payroll taxes.

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In states that recognize Sub S corporations, this often times is a reasonable method of planning to save taxes. For all practical purposes, the state of Tennessee does not recognize Sub S elections. Caution should be used with distributions from Tennessee Sub S corporations due to the Tennessee Excise tax and the Hall income tax. If profits are left in the corporation and paid as distributions rather than salary, the 6½% Tennessee Excise tax will apply. The distributions are not deductible for Tennessee Excise tax. However, reasonable salary is deductible for Tennessee Excise tax. When the distributions are made to the Individual shareholder, they are again taxed under the Hall income tax as Tennessee dividends at another 6%. This is especially expensive for the shareholder (owner) that has exceeded the Social Security wage base. Those individuals will pay a

total of 12.5% to the State of Tennessee versus paying 2.9% Medicare tax to the Federal Government. Another reason to use distributions with caution is that the Internal Revenue Service is beginning to scrutinize these arrangements and is attempting to require Sub S corporations to pay reasonable salaries, thereby increasing payroll taxes. A final consideration, does the shareholder have enough paid into Social Security to receive benefits including maintaining disability coverage? Depending on the age and health of the stockholder, this is often an important consideration. Written by Kenneth L. Lewis CPA President of Lewis and Associates, P.C., CPA’s Telephone: 423-926-5138 Fax: 423-926-3949



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Republican Speaker Reflects on Unfair Criticism I think I have a pretty thick skin. As the first Republican Speaker of the Senate in 140 years, I immediately became a lightning rod for criticism. To the forces of the status quo, I represented an end of an era. They were comfortable with the way things were and I was a threat. I write this not to brag on myself, I say it because I’m used to the criticism leveled at those who challenge the status quo. So used to it that I sometimes forget to refute those who attack the positive reforms sweeping Tennessee under Republican leadership. I hope my following words can serve to remedy that. One of the more unfair and unsavory examples of the tactics of the status quo took place this year during the debate over the Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011. This legislation gave teachers a true voice over their des-

tiny and those of their students and put an end to the monopoly that one government employee union held over our education system. For those that follow education policy, it is widely known that the union has opposed every innovation in education reform since Lamar Alexander was governor. All we in the General Assembly did this year was give actual teachers, rather than union lobbyists, a voice in the process. For our trouble, we have been portrayed as attacking teachers. Media report after media report repeated the falsehood: Republicans are “anti-teacher.” This, of course, was absurd. Not one Republican attacked a teacher. Republicans were merely attempting to ensure every child in a Tennessee classroom had access to an outstanding Tennessee teacher. Yet the verbal volleys continued. I have to admit my patience with this line of propaganda wore thin a long time ago. It is one thing to argue over matters of policy. I understand the passion the education issue brings out on both sides.. When it comes to an education debate, I encourage passion. The stakes are that high. But when passion becomes vitriol, I have to stand up and say, “No more.” No Tennessee Republican that I know of ever attacked a teacher in the debate over ending union contracts. Not once. Not ever. It is a complete and utter falsehood. One of the cornerstones of propaganda is the “Big Lie.” Repeat a falsehood often enough, they say, and people will come to believe it must be true.

This is what the opponents of education reform are engaged in now: a big lie. Liberals, unions and their mainstream media acolytes have been diligently repeating the lie that Republicans are anti-teacher. They know that no other profession is revered as the teaching profession. Their hope is that if they can successfully paint Republicans as “anti-teacher,” they can restore the status quo. Luckily, we have a very powerful weapon in this propaganda war: the truth This past legislative session saw some of this most dramatic education reforms become law in Tennessee in generations: Tenure reform, the abolition of mandatory union contracts, homeschool reform, virtual schools, the end of social promotion, etc. We Republicans put our focus on these issues for one reason: Every child deserves access to the best education this state can provide. Republicans know that government cannot create jobs but we can help foster a highly qualified and educated workforce. Republicans know that the success of our state’s education system and our state’s economy are inextricably linked. Businesses need qualified, educated workers and good schools for those workers to send their children. The education issue and the jobs issue are quite often one and the same. Elites in this country may like to paint conservatives as uneducated backwater rednecks but the reality is that no one values education more than conservatives. An uneducated populace is far easier for the federal government

to intimidate and manipulate. An uneducated state is not a state of free men. I am the the son, grandson and brother of schoolteachers. The education profession is represented in almost every branch of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey my family tree. Good teachers are often underpaid, under-appreciated and under-rewarded. There are few professionals I have more respect for than teachers -- for our future successes lie squarely on their shoulders. For our political opponents to assert that Republicans are “anti-teacher” because of a mere difference of policy is the height of absurdity. That said, if the price Republicans have to pay for standing for reform is a little name calling,we shall gladly pay it. But opponents should know we will not pay it silently. This past legislative session was one of the most pro-education, pro-teacher sessions in quite some time. And unlike the pro-union purveyors of propaganda, I don’t have to repeat that statement a bunch of times in a vain attempt to make it true. It just is.

Education and Economy Issues Often One In The Same education debate, I encourage passion. The stakes are that I think I have a pretty thick skin. As the first Republican high. But when passion becomes vitriol, I have to stand up Speaker of the Senate in 140 years, I immediately became a and say, “No more.” lightning rod for criticism. To the forces of the status quo, I No Tennessee Republican that I know of ever attacked a represented an end of an era. They were comfortable with the teacher in the debate over ending union contracts. Not once. way things were and I was a threat. Not ever. It is a complete and utter falsehood. I write this not to brag on myself, I say it because I’m used One of the cornerstones of propaganda is the “Big Lie.” to the criticism leveled at those who challenge the status quo. Repeat a falsehood often enough, they say, and people will So used to it that I sometimes forget to refute those who attack come to believe it must be true. the positive reforms sweeping Tennessee under Republican This is what the opponents of education reform are enleadership. I hope my following words can serve to remedy gaged in now: a big lie. Liberals, unions and their mainthat. stream media acolytes have been diligently repeating the lie One of the more unfair and unsavory examples of the tacthat Republicans are anti-teacher. They know that no other tics of the status quo took place this year during the debate profession is revered as the teaching profession. Their hope is over the Collaborative Conferencing Act of 2011. This legislaCongressman that if they can successfully paint Republicans as “anti-teacher,” tion gave teachers a true voice over their destiny and those of their Phil Roe they can restore the status quo. students and put an end to the monopoly that one government Luckily, we have a very powerful weapon in this propaganda employee union held over our education system. For those that follow education policy, it is widely known that the union war: the truth This past legislative session saw some of this most dramatic education has opposed every innovation in education reform since Lamar Alexander was governor. All we in the General Assembly did this year was give actual reforms become law in Tennessee in generations: Tenure reform, the aboliteachers, rather than union lobbyists, a voice in the process. For our trouble, tion of mandatory union contracts, homeschool reform, virtual schools, the we have been portrayed as attacking teachers. Media report after media report end of social promotion, etc. We Republicans put our focus on these issues for one reason: Every child deserves access to the best education this state can repeated the falsehood: Republicans are “anti-teacher.” This, of course, was absurd. Not one Republican attacked a teacher. Re- provide. Republicans know that government cannot create jobs but we can help publicans were merely attempting to ensure every child in a Tennessee classroom had access to an outstanding Tennessee teacher. Yet the verbal volleys foster a highly qualified and educated workforce. Republicans know that the success of our state’s education system and our state’s economy are inextricacontinued. I have to admit my patience with this line of propaganda wore thin a long bly linked. Businesses need qualified, educated workers and good schools for time ago. It is one thing to argue over matters of policy. I understand the those workers to send their children. The education issue and the jobs issue passion the education issue brings out on both sides.. When it comes to an are quite often one and the same.

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Bristol, TN. --- Fans wanting to add something extra to their Bristol Motor Speedway experience during the IRWIN Tools Night Race have several options with the Ultimate Bristol Experiences Online Auction. The auction begins Aug. 5, runs through Aug. 19 at www., and features three ways for fans to make their race day and night at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile even more memorable. With the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Package, the winning bidder receives two cold passes for the IRWIN Tools Night Race, then climbs aboard a Ford pick-up to ride with their favorite driver around BMS during introductions.

Drivers participating in the Ride-of-a-Lifetime auction are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart. In the BMS All-Access Package, fans bid on a package which includes two hot passes, good for both the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 27 and the Food City 250 Aug. 26, along with two pre-race passes for both nights and two passes to The Roof, an exclusive viewing area in Turn 4 of the infield. A parking pass near the BMS office building also is included. The Speed Channel’s Trackside Live package is a gathering for the winning bidder and five friends in the Speed Channel’s green room, where they will meet the show’s hosts and guests. Goody bags, a behind-the-scenes tour of Speed’s compound, the opportunity to watch the show from the sidelines, and a photo on the set also are part of the package, as is a trip for two to the BMS infield and the Pit Road Party Zone.

FOURTH ANNUAL CORNHOLE CLASSIC SET FOR AUGUST RACE WEEKEND One of the most popular and fastest growing activities in the sports world is playing cornhole, a game favored by tailgaters everywhere, particularly at NASCAR events. At Bristol Motor Speedway, the Fourth Annual Ford Cornhole Classic quickly has become the off-track event of choice among fans in town for the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250, slated this year for Aug. 26-27. Teams play for the top prize of $2,000 in cash, by far the largest payoff ever for the champion, suite seats for the 2012 NASCAR season at BMS and a free camping space for both the March and August race weekends. Four qualifying tournaments will be played Aug. 26-27 in the corporate display area and the grand championship takes place Saturday afternoon. Tournament times for both days are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the championship matches slated for 3:30 p.m. Entry fee is $40 per team and each player receives a tournament t-shirt. To register, please visit www.bristol. All proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Qualifying prizes are $300 and 2012 season tickets at BMS for first place, with the second-place team receiving $100 and 2012 Food City 500 tickets. Third and fourth

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place will earn $50 each. Second place in the finals earns the winners $500, suite seats for the Food City 500 weekend in 2012 and a free camping space for the Food City 500. Race week at BMS kicks off with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race, and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event Aug. 24. The Food City Nationwide Series race takes place Friday night, Aug. 26, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 27. Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129. Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $30. Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.

Race week at BMS kicks off with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series race, and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series event Aug. 24. The Food City Nationwide Series race takes place Friday night, Aug. 26, followed by the IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug. 27. Fans can enjoy both the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 for as little as $99. Should they be in town for the Wednesday night doubleheader, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129. Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $25 in advance for adults and $30 the day of the doubleheader. Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader.

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YARBOROUGH RECALLS HISTORIC FIRST NIGHT RACE WIN AT BMS When Cale Yarborough won the Volunteer 500 Aug. 26, 1978 at Bristol Motor Speedway, he certainly was happy, but there was one thing about that particular victory that made it a little different than the seven others that came before it. This time, Yarborough was making history. While it was his eighth win at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, when he took the checkered flag some 16 seconds in front of Benny Parsons, he did something never before achieved at Bristol -- win a race under the lights. That August race 33 years ago was the first BMS race contested at night. And for Yarborough, the historical part of the evening was lost on him at that moment. “I was just happy to win another race at Bristol,” said the three-time NASCAR champion. “And I don’t guess I even really thought too much about it being the first race at night there. I was just glad I’d been able to get me another one at that place. “It did put me back in the old racing days though, when we used to race everything at night. When we heard Bristol was getting lights all of us were happy about it. Night racing at Bristol was the way to go because it made it a lot cooler. Racing at night just made it better for all of us.” While the lights that were erected for that race 33 years ago were far from the specially designed and innovative systems used today, Yarborough said they were pretty advanced for that time. “Those lights were wonderful,” he said. “I know compared to what they have today they might not hold up, but for guys who cut their teeth racing at night in nothing better than street lights most of the time, we thought those lights were topnotch.” Yarborough snagged two of his nine race wins at BMS at night, including his final one in the summer of 1980. He says even back in his heyday, the night races were the way to go at Bristol. “They raced at Nashville at night, but when Bristol started doing it in the summer, that was by far the thing that brought the people out. Even back then, that night race was the one everybody wanted to come to. “That night race was something special back in ’78 but now, well, everybody knows how people love that August race in Bristol. And let me tell you, winning at Bristol is special… that’s something I know a lot about… but winning that night race, that’s something that you never forget. There’s just something special about knowing you beat everybody with all those people watching at a place as tough as ol’ Bristol. “Even these guys today... that race means something big to them. Winning at Bristol at night just puts you in a special class.” Darrell Waltrip’s 12 wins -- including seven in a row -- at Bristol Motor Speedway, are marks other driver has matched. He also won more night races, seven, than any other driver. Next in line are Dale Earnhardt with four wins and Rusty Wallace with three under the lights. Had Bristol’s summer race been moved to night earlier in

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the decade of the 70s, Yarborough would have finished with five, instead of two. He maintains that the sport’s elite drivers performed at the top of their game at Bristol because they had a special affinity for the track. “Shoot, I love that place and it liked me,” said Yarborough.

Yarborough crossing the finish line at Bristol Raceway during first night race.

“Same goes with Waltrip and Earnhardt. We all knew how to get around it in the daylight and at night and I’ll guarantee you both of them loved that night race just as much as I did. “Like I said, racing at Bristol at night just made it an even more special place to win. I’m proud of the races I won there because I know how tough they were to win. And it ain’t no different today. Still a tough old place and these guys today… when they win, they know it’s worth something.” Fans can enjoy 750 laps of action at BMS, beginning with the IRWIN Tools Night Race and the Food City 250 Aug. 26, for as little as $99. Should they be in town Aug. 24 for the Wednes-

day night doubleheader, featuring the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Camping World Truck Series and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified event, fans can take in all four races under the lights in packages starting at $129. Single-event tickets for Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race start at $90 while ticket prices for the Food City 250 begin at $45. Wednesday night doubleheader tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 and the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 are $30. Parents also can take advantage of reduced ticket prices for children as kids 12 and under can watch the Food City 250 for only $10 while children in that age bracket will be admitted free to the Wednesday night doubleheader. For more information concerning tickets, please visit www. or call the BMS ticket office at 423-BRISTOL (274-7865) or toll free at 1-866-415-4158. Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. The Company also equally-owns Motorsports Authentics, a joint venture formed with International Speedway Corporation to produce, market and sell licensed motorsports merchandise. For more information, visit the Company’s website at

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NASCAR Whelen Modified ESPN (August Nationwide NASCAR Nationwide Series events: 300 Laps (159.90 miles), Series events: 150 Laps (79.95 Series- Live) miles) SPEED (August NASCAR 250 Laps (133.25 miles) Camping World Truck Series Live) Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) Field: NASCAR Camping World Local Radio: WMEV NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: FM 93.9, WFHG AM 980, WJCW Truck Series events: 200 Laps Highest ranking 35 positions AM 910 (106.6 miles) of Series owner championship 2011 August Schedule: IRWIN Tools Night Race – Food City 250 points, plus eight cars with fast- UNOH Perfect Storm 150 est qualifying speeds not among Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Sharpie Qualifying top 35. If a previous series (NWMS) champion has not qualified, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 prechampion’s provisional may be sented by Valvoline Wednesday, used to guarantee that driver August 24, 2011 (NCWTS) * Schedule Tentative, Subject To Change the 43rd starting position. Food City 250 Friday, August NASCAR Nationwide Series: 26, 2011 (NNS) NNS = NASCAR Nationwide Series Highest ranking 30 positions IRWIN Tools Night Race NSCS = NASCAR Sprint Cup Series of Series owner championship Saturday, August 27, 2011 Thursday, August 25, 2011 points, plus 13 cars with fastest (NSCS) qualifying speeds not among NSCS track qualifying re11:00 AM NNS Haulers Enter top 30. If a previous series cord: Ryan Newman, 128.709 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM Speedway Children’s Charities Track Rides champion has not qualified, the mph, 14.908 sec., 3/21/03. 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM NSCS Haulers Enter (Truck Parking Only) champion’s provisional may be NSCS race record: used to guarantee that driver Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 Friday, August 26, 2011 – NNS Food City 250 & Sharpie Qualifying the 43rd starting position. mph (2:38:12), 7/11/71. Promoter: NNS track qualifying record: 9:00 AM Spectator Gates Open Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Greg Biffle, 127.132 mph, 9:00 AM to 11:50 Food City 250 NNS Final Practice O. Bruton Smith, chairman 15.093 sec., 3/27/04. 12:00 to 2:00 PM IRWIN Tools Night Race NSCS Practice Jerry Caldwell, Executive Vice NNS race record: 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM IRWIN Tools Night Race NSCS Final Practice President and General Manag- Brad Keselowski, 93.509 mph 3:40 PM Food City 250 NNS Qualifying (All Positions) er (1:25:30), 8/22/08 Administrative: Most Bristol wins (driver): 5:10 PM IRWIN Tools Night Race NSCS Qualifying (Two Laps – All Positions) 423/989-6933 Darrell Waltrip, 12 (seven con7:00 PM Food City 250 NNS Driver Introductions Ticket Office: secutive). 7:30 PM Start of the Food City 250 NNS (250 Laps, 133.24 Miles) 423/989-6900 Most Bristol wins (car ownFax: er): Junior Johnson, 21 (eight Saturday, August 27, 2011– NSCS IRWIN Tools Night Race 423/764-1646 (Main) consecutive). Most Bristol wins (manufacTV: FOX (March NASCAR 10:00 AM Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk Sprint Cup Series- Live) turer): Chevrolet, 42 (Ford is 1:00 PM Spectator Gates Open ABC (March Nationwide Se- second with 34). 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM Track Tours ries - Live) Most Bristol poles (driver): 7:00 PM IRWIN Tools Night Race NSCS Driver Introductions ABC (August NASCAR Sprint Cale Yarborough and Mark 7:30 PM Start of the IRWIN Tools NSCS Night Race (500 Laps, 266.5 Miles) Cup Series - Live) Martin, nine.

Track: 0.533-mile concrete oval Degree of banking in corners: Variable (24 to 30 degrees) Degree of banking in straights: Variable Frontstretch (5 to 9 degrees) Backstretch (4 to 8 degrees) Straightaways are 650 feet long.

Racing surface is 43 feet wide. Seating capacity: 160,000 (Including Skybox Suite Level) Address: PO Box 3966 (37625) 151 Speedway Blvd. (37620) Bristol, TN Distance: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events: 500 Laps (266.5 miles)

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2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers 00 David Reutimann

1 Jamie McMurray

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Owner: Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Kevin Manion

6 David Ragan

7 Robby Gordon

Owner: Jack Roush /John Henry Sponsor: UPS Car: Ford Crew Chief: Drew Blickensdorfer

13 Casey Mears

Owner: Germain Racing Sponsor: GEICO Car: Toyota Crew Chief: TBA

20 Joey Logano

Owner: Robby Gordon Sponsor: Speed Energy Drink Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: TBA

14 Tony Stewart

Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing Sponsor: Office Depot /Burger King Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Darian Grubb

21 Trevor Bayne

2 Brad Keselowski Owner: Roger Penske Sponsor: Miller Lite Car: Dodge Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe

9 Marcos Ambrose

4 Kasey Kahne

Owner: Rick Hendrick Sponsor: Delphi/Quaker State Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Lance McGrew

11 Denny Hamlin

12 Sam Hornish, Jr.

Owner: Richard Petty Motorsports Sponsor: Stanley Black & Decker Car: Ford Crew Chief: Todd Parrott

Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing Sponsor: FedEx Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Mike Ford

16 Greg Biffle

17 Matt Kenseth

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22 Kurt Busch

5 Mark Martin

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24 Jeff Gordon

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18 Kyle Busch

Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing Sponsor: M&M’s Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Dave Rogers

27 Paul Menard

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Owner: Wood Bros. Racing Sponsor: Ford Motorcraft Car: Ford Crew Chief: David Hyder

Owner: Roger Penske Sponsor: Shell/Pennzoil Car: Dodge Crew Chief: Steve Addington

Owner: Rick Hendrick Sponsor: DuPont Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson

Owner: Richard Childress Sponsor: Menard’s Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Slugger Labbe

29 Kevin Harvick

31 Jeff Burton

33 Clint Bowyer

34 Travis Kvapil

37 Dave Blaney

Owner: Richard Childress Sponsor: Budweiser Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Gil Martin

38 David Gilliland

Owner: Richard Childress Sponsor: Caterpillar Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Todd Berrier

Owner: Richard Childress Sponsor: Cheerios/ Hamburgher Helper Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Shane Wilson

Owner: Front Row Motorsports Sponsor: Long John Silvers Car: Ford Crew Chief: Brian Burns

39 Ryan Newman

42 Juan Pablo Montoya

43 AJ Allmendinger

56 Martin Truex, Jr.

78 Regan Smith

Owner: Front Row Motorsports Sponsor: Taco Bell Car: Ford Crew Chief: Peter Sospenzo

Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing Sponsor: U.S. Army Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Tony Gibson

47 Bobby Labonte

48 Jimmie Johnson

Owner: JTG Daugherty Racing Sponsor: Little Debbie/Clorox Kingsford Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Frank Kerr

87 Joe Nemechek

Owner: Joe Nemechek Sponsor: TBA Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Philippe Lopez

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Owner: Rick Hendrick Sponsor: Lowe’s Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Chad Knaus

88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Owner: Rick Hendrick Sponsor: Mountain Dew/ AMP Energy/National Guard Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Steve Letarte

Owner: Earnhardt-Genassi Racing Sponsor: Target Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Brian Pattie

Owner: Richard Petty Motorsports Sponsor: Best Buy Car: Ford Crew Chief: Mike Shiplett

Owner: Michael Waltrip Sponsor: NAPA Auto Parts Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Pat Tryson

Owner: Furniture Row Motorsports Sponsor: Furniture Row Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Pete Rondeau

90 Scott Riggs

99 Carl Edwards

Owner: Keyed-Up Motorsports Sponsor: TBA Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Doug Richert

Owner: Front Row Motorsports Sponsor: A&W All American Burger Car: Ford Crew Chief: Greg Conner

46 J.J. Yeley

Owner: Dusty Whitney Sponsor: TBA Car: Chevrolet Crew Chief: Jeremy Lefaver

83 Brian Vickers

Owner: Dietrich Mateschitz Sponsor: Red Bull Car: Toyota Crew Chief: Ryan Pemberton

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(ABINGDON, VA) Barter Theatre premieres a new Appalachian work, A Southern Exposure, playing August 19 – September 10. A Southern Exposure reminds me very much of Steel Magnolias, which I directed here in 2003,” said Director Karen Sabo. “Like Steel Magnolias, A Southern Exposure is about appreciating Southern culture and our families.” “This family loves one another very much and that love is sometimes comical to watch, but sometimes it is fierce and unforgiving, perhaps because it is a love so strong. But no matter what, true love, family bonds and connection to home are enduring,” said Sabo. Set in a small town in Kentucky, A Southern Exposure pulls up a chair at the kitchen table of the lives of three sisters: Hattie, Ida Mae, Mattie and Hattie’s granddaughter, Callie Belle. With doting aunts Ida Mae, who is obsessed with the Cincinnati Reds and outrageous wigs that somewhat change her personality, and Hattie, who often serves as referee between Callie Mae and Hattie’s antics and the voice of reason, we



Southern roots run deep in this story about love, forgiveness & letting go see the humorous side of a strictly female Southern family. At age 23, Callie Belle decides to follow love (she’s known the guy for three months, of course they’re in love) to New York. Hattie simply does not want to see her go and face the change that is about to take place. “A young person thinking the grass is always greener in the big city is a common and eventful theme in Appalachian stories,” said Sabo. “The question is, will Callie Belle understand the importance of her roots and what will that mean for her Grandmother and her aunts?’ Callie Belle is played by Holly Williams, who has acted in various theatres across the country and has made a name for herself at Barter this year in Civil War Voices and more recently, as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose is thrilled to bring back three famous Barter alumnae for this world-premiere: Elizabeth St.Clair, Diane Hill Hardin and Marcie Hubert-Ledogar. All three actors were here in the mid 1950s and have gone on to highly successful careers across the

country. “Marcie, Diana and Elizabeth are all incredible actors. They have a long history with Barter and with each other. I am familiar with their work and know how incredibly appropriate they are for the roles they will be playing in A Southern Exposure, said Richard Rose. All of us at Barter are extremely excited about their return as not only will they be incredible to watch onstage, but our Resident Acting Company and education programs will also benefit from their presence,” he added. Elizabeth St.Clair played in 500 performances of Mary, Mary on Broadway and in two national companies, she was seen as a regular on NBC soap opera Young Dr. Malone for four years and film credits include Star! with Julie Andrews, Love Machine with Dyan Cannon and Robert Ryan, and Welcome to Arrow Beach with Laurence Harvey. Diane Hill Hardin met husband Jerry Hardin during her time at Barter Theatre. Diane and Jerry performed in regional theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada before settling in Hollywood, where they

moved to television and film. Diane created Young Actors Space and has managed the careers of many young actors including Zac Efron in 17 Again, discovered and managed Jessica Biel, Robin Wright Penn’s 1st acting coach when she was on the soap opera Santa Barbara, Graham Phillips on The Good Wife, and many others. Marcie Hubert-Ledogar performed with Ned Beatty, Mitchell Ryan and Jerry Hardin while at Barter. On Broadway, she was leading lady in the opening season of The Lincoln Center Repertory Company and also appeared in the revival of The Rose Tattoo with Maureen Stapleton. A Southern Exposure begins August 19 at Barter Theatre for a limited run. A special Southern Ladies package, complete with a Southern meal and discounted tickets is available. Call 276.628.3991 or visit www.BarterTheatre. com to purchase tickets and to read more about the Southern Ladies Package.

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“Granny” May Be Gone But She’ll Never Be Forgotten Greeneville, TN. --- While on Earth, Betsy “Granny Annie” never met a stranger. She was an icon during her six years working for her daughter, Wilma Fincher, owner of the Hyperion Restaurant on East Andrew Johnson Highway. Just about everyone you speak to at the Hyperion has a “Granny” story. And, they all will bring a smile to your face.

“This was home to her,” Wilma reflected. “When she was still driving she’d show up here at 7:30 in the morning ready to go to work even though the restaurant/bar didn’t open until 11:00 a.m.” “She never met a stranger and would always make us laugh,” said Anna Lee, one of her best friends, who wears a necklace with some of Granny’s ashes contained in it. “She might get mad at you for something but that lasted about 30 minutes. She would rag on some people, tell stories and jokes and holler but it was all in fun.” Even the young people loved her. “When she went

into the nursing home the young people in their 20s would come in here and ask, ‘Where’s that little funny woman they call Granny?’ If you were 20 or 70 you just had to love Granny. She made everyday fun to be alive,” Anna Lee said.

Granny was always pulling innocent pranks and if you weren’t careful she’d heist your lighter and cigarettes. She had a love for Jack Daniels, classicstyle country music and wasn’t coy about voicing her opinion. Prior to working at the Hyperion, Granny for years ran The Chicken House in Bulls Gap. A few weeks ago, a memorial motorcycle ride make up of about 80 people, 44 motorcycles and three cars led by Greeneville policeman Cliff Allen took a long ride for several hours on a beautiful sunny afternoon in her honor. Joni Davis and “Gator” came up with the idea and Mark Gavy and Jessica Tompkins rode drove ahead in a car stopping frequently to shoot pictures of the bevy of motorcycles traveling up the rode in Granny’s honor. “She would have loved that sight,” Wilma said. “She would have wanted everyone to have a good time and not be sad concerning her passing. All those people that showed up loved her and she loved them back.” Jimmy Lynn “Soda” Shipley, a retired fireman, recently com-



pleted hand-carved frames for Wilma so that photos recently taken on a celebration of life motorcycle ride in Granny’s honor and a Jack Daniels tee-shirt signed by all the participants could forever hang near the restaurant’s entrance. “At the end of the ride a bald eagle flew straight down in a curve and then was gone,” Gator said. “We all had chill bumps when that happened. Eagles just don’t do that. We felt Granny’s presence that day. And not a day goes by that we all don’t think about her.” A fitting tribute to a woman loved by all. Betsy “Granny Annie” 74, died on June 3rd at the Erwin Nursing Home. Gone but not forgotten.

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Unique Elizabethton Downtown Store Holds Riches For Shoppers

Elizabethton, TN. — Shoppers looking for an upscale gift shop featuring unique and interesting items should head over to Elizabethton for a visit to Three Ladies Gift Shop, located at 545 East Elk Avenue. Store owners Darlene Sullivan and Joey Lewis recently doubled the number of vendor booths to 15. “What we are trying to do is basically get all local artisans featured in our store in an effort to offer an array of beautiful and interesting crafts and gifts,” Mrs. Lewis said. “Each booth is unique and we don’t

duplicate items and we don’t have yard sale stuff. We have everything to offer from stained glass art, to pottery to paintings to bird houses and other crafts by local artists. When you visit us you’ll want to take some extra time just looking around. It’s is amazing to me how much talent we have in our region and we are happy to present it in a way that allows each artist the opportunity to display what they do best.” One thing you’ll notice about Three Ladies Gift Shop is the layout and design of the store. Each booth is decorated with the artist’s individual craft and the displays are “user friendly” and very eye appealing. Down the main two isles of the store you’ll not only find items displayed for sale at very reasonable prices, but you will be able to find a gift for anyone on your list whether it be a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. They even have gift baskets by Carolyn Milan for kids who might be sick or in the hospital and need cheering up. Mrs. Lewis’ stained glass art is truly amazing and in our area generally difficult to find. “I designed the pieces, cut them,

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grinded them and out them all together,” she said. “It’s a long and costly process but the end result is worth it.” Displays at Three Ladies Gift Shop include: Patrick Little’s estate items, Linda’s homemade candles, soaps and lip balm “all natural.” A wide assortment of jewelry, wood carvings, hobbies and crafts, beautiful hand-made bird houses by J.R. Campbell, assistant principal at Hampton High School. Original paintings including those by award winning artists Diane Allen and Dean White. Hand crafted wooden toys and hobby horses available by custom order crafted by Jim Sherrill containing no nails or paint. Beautiful unique handbags, purses, wall hangings, and one-of-a-kind original Treasures by Deborah, Lovely Creations by Brenda Vanhuss including wreathes, flowers and during the holidays, home-made candy, Lisa Duggar’s Country Collectibles, Home Accents by Chris Vugalmore, plus upfront is Bob’s Coins and Precious Moments. And then there is John Hatley’s country mountain scenes in beautiful handmade frames and just down the aisle you’ll find David Kramer’s wood burning crafts and paintings. Carolyn Milan’s Children’s gift baskets, Janet Hulsey, Primitives, Now is a good time to shop for those Backto-School gift items or you might discover that decorating item you’ve been looking for to go in your house or office. “Our store is so different because we have [just] one of everything and our vendors are like family,” Lewis added. “We’re all here to make sales but we are also interested in promoting downtown Elizabethton. I’m originally from Ohio but I just love the people here. We want to invite everyone from all over the area to come shop with us.” When you visit Three Ladies Gift Shop take the time to window shop because every vendor has selected a special item to be displayed to those strolling the streets of downtown Elizabethton.

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Rediscover the Valley Beautiful: Variety Closeouts In Erwin:

Area’s Best Kept Shopping Secret Revealed By Out ‘N About Magazine! Erwin, TN. --- Ladies and gentlemen the secret is out. Looking for quality merchandise at the cheapest possible price? Well, we found it right off Interstate 26 in Erwin. Variety Closeouts located at 1201 North Main Avenue may be a store you have to make an effort to shop at --- but when you do it will be well worth it! Once inside you’ll find a complete line lady boutique style store featuring designer label clothes at unbelievable prices [70/80% off on air retail prices]. All clothes are purchased from a major Home Shopping Channel Show [as seen on TV!] And that’s not all. . .Handbags, Wallets, Totes in Plain, Unique, Bling and Bling-Bling styles and still at UNBELIEVABLE prices. And that’s not all . . . Fashion Jewelry to accessorize that new outfit; like earrings, necklaces, and bracelets at SUPER UNBELIEVABLE PRICES! And that’s still not all . . .A Cosmetic Line that includes nail polish, eye shadows, blushes, eye liners, lipstick and mascara and selling for SUPER UNBELIEVABLE PRICES! We take much pride in the fact that we have cheaper pricing on an everyday basis. No Gimmicks, No Weekly Sales Ads, and No Corporate Office to Answer To. . . Just old fashion home owned and operated with friendly ser-

vice and a smile. Owner Carolyn Williams, hopes to see you soon so she can show-off her unique items of Ladies Clothing & Accessories. “Thank you very much and come over to Erwin and see us. You won’t believe the money you will save!” Carolyn said.


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Gold Rush:

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Gold, Silver, Platinum and Coins

Johnson City, TN. — Conveniently located in North Johnson City across from Kroger and next to Java Rush, Gold Rush is locally owned by Jeremy Clemens. “We buy gold, silver, platinum and coins of any karat, condition or age,” Clemens said. “We pay top price. Cash on the spot. No Checks!” Some of the many items that Clemens will purchase from you include: watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, broaches, pins, and he is also a coin dealer. “I guess we all have some old jewelry and coins lying around that we don’t wear anymore and really don’t have any use for. Why not turn those items into instant cash?” Clemens said. Gold Rush is open Monday through Saturday and they even have a drive through window for your convenience. Clemens will also help coordinate your gold party and pay you for hosting it in the privacy of your home or office.

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“You can call and make an appointment and I will come to your house or office and evaluate your gold, silver or platinum,” Clemens explained. “And we also buy and deal in coins and coin collections.” Clemens and his family have over 34 years of experience in the business. Other family members own the Ideal Cards & Coins Company, in Ohio. “I’m a local businessman that you can deal with face-to-face instead of mailing your gold or jewelry off to people you don’t know and may not be getting the best deal for what you are selling,” he said matter-of-factly. Clemens and his family live in Washington County and he is an active coach of the Junior Topper football team and he also coaches baseball, T-Ball, and soccer. “You might recognize me on the field,” he said with a laugh. “I enjoy coaching year-round and it gives me time to spend with my kids.” Jeremy is married to Melissa and they have three children: Maddie, 7; Josh, 11; and Joey 4. They attend St. Mary’s Church in Johnson City. “I really enjoy working with the public every day and giving people the best deal possible when they are selling their gold, silver, platinum or coins,” he added. “I invite the readers of Out ‘N About Magazine to come by get the best deal possible on their gold, silver, platinum or coins. And, if you’d like to make an appointment away from the store, just give me a call. We are all about customer service.”

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Is Worth A Try

Do you see it coming? The change of seasons. Summer is wrapping up while fall rapidly approaches. Those with children know what I mean. Summer is in full tilt with vacations, 90 degree sunny days, backyard grilling, and the buzz of cicadas in the tree tops, yet my children will be returning to school next week. I don’t know about you, but I’m just getting adjusted to all the beauty and the fun that summer has to offer. Well… I’m not going to let all those going back to school commercials get me down. No, I’m dead set on enjoying the rest of summer. As a matter of fact, I’m turning to one of my favorite wine varieties to start my celebration, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Over twenty years ago, I started enjoying wines with one in particular by Robert Mondavi. Mondavi used a French wine called a Pouilly-Fume as his model. This French Sauvignon Blanc was known for being crisp and grassy fresh. Mondavi produced his wine and called it a Fume Blanc, turning this poor performing wine into a California hit. With that note of history in hand, I have always enjoyed Californian Sauvignon Blancs. After years of enjoying the Californian style, I was introduced to a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. WOW…the best way I can describe it is as though it is a Sauvignon Blanc on steroids. Most of the more recognized wines come from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. They tend to have slightly more body than a Californian and when poured into the glass they really open up with just a wonderful nose of grapefruit and citrus. Because of its acidity, I love to enjoy a Sauvignon Blanc as an aperitif to wake up the taste buds before the meal.

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Sauvignon Blancs are also excellent when paired with most types of shellfish, chicken, or fish, especially when topped with a squeeze of lemon. I definitely see the trend going toward New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and I hope you will give one a try. A few of my personal favorites include: Brancott, Kono, Nobilo and Starborough. As always, I look forward to seeing you around the store.

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Antiques at Duck Crossing in Downtown Elizabethton Elizabethton, TN. --- When Duck Crossing Antique Mall located here in the downtown district closed in 2007, antique shoppers and browsers were worried that their source for variety and quality antiques and “stuff” was lost forever. Not so. Shortly after long-time owner Pat Greene made the decision publically to close her shop after 15 plus years, Dick Widdows and Montie Stevens from Johnson City made their decision to purchase the shop. Dick, a long time antique owner and dealer bought the building that houses what is now called Antiques at Duck Crossing. “We didn’t want to change the name too much since this truly was where the ducks crossed to get to water years ago.” Montie jumped in with both feet to become the Manager of the shop. He and Dick recruited dealers to fill the spaces. Within less than six months all the spaces were leased and filled with old, gently used antiques and some truly one of a kind items. “We have over 30 dealers selling from the shop and their products cover a wide variety of styles from primitive, Victorian, cottage and everything in-between,” said Montie. The building itself is well suited for an antique mall with three floors and a mezzanine. In its former life it was home to Elizabethton Hardware Store. The first floor was the hardware department and the original counter and cash register are still in use at Antiques at Duck Crossing. The mezzanine was children’s toys and the second floor was furniture. Plus, there is an outdoor area for garden-type offerings. Now all the areas are chock full of item for customers from all around the Tri-Cities area to find just what they want or need. “We are uniquely positioned so that we get shoppers

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from a wide area of Tennessee but also lots of customers from nearby North Carolina. When the Bristol NASCAR races are happening we get people from all over the country,” notes Montie. Antiques at Duck Crossing is open seven days a week. Mon-

day --- Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from April through October they are open until 8 p.m. on the Saturdays when the popular car show is in downtown Elizabethton. Sunday’s hours are from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. “I think of us as the new Jonesborough,” Dick said matterof-factly. “We have such a great variety and we’re very economical.” Some of the specialty items at Duck Crossing include: •A huge variety of [over 500] electric Aladdin Lamps. •Two full booths of Pyrex Containers. •Hard to find Leanin’ Tree Swan Creek Candles. •The best repair & restore antique method in the Howard Products. •L.C. Tiffany Priceless Goblets. •Lalique Greeting Card for All Occasions.

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Kickin’ Up A Winner:

ETSU Soccer Coach Likes Team’s Chances To Win It All Johnson City, TN. --- When East Tennessee State University hired Scott Calabrese to be their men’s head soccer coach he came to campus with a plan. Four years later he can boast of owning a conference championship and a NCAA berth in 2010. And, keep in mind his first year was spent on planning and developing the program. He could boast but he doesn’t. And, you won’t find him sitting on his laurels either. “Each year we’ve gotten better,” he explains with a smile. “Our team has matured and improved over time. A lot of people might think we had instant success [winning the conference championship in 2010 and going to the NCAA tournament] but that simply isn’t the case. The years before I think our record didn’t reflect our continual improvement. There are always those games you should have won but didn’t. In the grand scheme of things organized soccer is a work in progress.” The Connecticut native was a top notch soccer player in his own right playing in college and then in a semi-pro league before taking up coaching. He met his native California wife while attending Clemson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Schedule wise, Scott has taken a page out of the Pat Summit’s UT basketball play book by creating one of the toughest schedules around. His teams have faced powerhouses like UNC at Chapel Hill [always a Top 10 program] who embarrassed ETSU 8-0 in a game Coach Calabrese called one of the longest days of his life. However, in their next match-up ETSU lost a heart-breaker 2-1 in overtime. Virginia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech have also shared “the pitch” with ETSU. Scott says rivals Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson will return strong teams and along with ETSU will be favored to win the A-Sun Conference. “Our entire league has improved so you re- Coach Calabrese pictured inside the first-class Summers-Taylor Soccer Stadium a few ally can’t over look anybody,” he said matter- blocks from the Mini Dome. of-factly. “It’s much stronger; for example, we moved from a RPI [rating] of 21 best confer- moved up to #38 which was the biggest jump town boys and others who hail from as far away as Germany, Brazil, Ireland and Africa. ence in the country to 16 and our team went in the country.” The recruiting part of the game is never ETSU’s soccer team is a mixture of home from an RPI rating of 180 last season and we

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ending. “It’s no stop,” Scott says. “We are identifying players for 2013 and attempting to work on commitments for 2012. We try to get the best players out of Tennessee first then across the country and then internationally. Our teams have comprised of players [for example] from Kingsport, Texas, Germany, Memphis, Nigeria, Brazil, and Ireland. The great thing about that is our players learn a lot about different cultures and philosophies. We just strive to get better and when you do that. . .the wins and losses will take care of themselves.” Coach Calabrese credits ETSU’s commitment financially to his program as the real key to its success. “Just think what we have here,” he interjects enthusiastically. “A new stadium, lights, a travel budget enabling us to recruit world-wide, and being able to equip our kids properly. The administration here, [Athletic Director] Dave Mullins and [Ast. Athletic Director] Barbie Breedlove care about our soccer team. This would not be possible without their support and the hard work of our staff. It’s really a team effort.”

Scott Calabrese Factoid • Use to train in the Aikido form of self defense. • Married to his wife Farrell who works at Eastman and used to be rowing coach at Clemson University. • Expecting their first child in November. {During the A-Sun Tournament}. • Played college soccer at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. • Played semi-pro soccer for teams in Road Island and South Carolina.

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Tony Rominger: Life As a Musician/Business Owner Has Been Very Good Elizabethton, TN. --- For over 40 years Tony Rominger has had a song in his heart. Unlike many musicians who dream of making a living doing what they love, Rominger has been there, done that, and much, much more. His story begins at Elizabethton High School in the 1970s when he and band mates Wally Birchfiel, Steve Smith and Skip Cooper played local parties and after football game sock hops. A few years into the gig, Cooper left for dental school and is now a successful dentist in Johnson City. Meanwhile, Rominger and the band landed a dream job as the backup band for “Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose” [Treat Her Like A Lady & Too Late To Turn Back Now] playing his signature saxophone and traveling all over the United States. After touring for several years, Rominger along with band mates Smith and Birchfiel formed The Pedestrians, a band that became hugely popular especially in New York City dance clubs. Guided by Long Island, New York’s David Glicker, (of Blackslacks Productions) a renowned talent manager, The Pedestrians

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popular groups during the 1970s and on into the 80s including: Joan Jett, Stray Cats, Cindy Lauper, Leon Russell, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley. James Brown and Meat Loaf, among others. They were also opening act for many major label groups, including The Romantics who had a song on the way to being a #1 hit at the time. [What I Like About You]. They received rave reviews in the New York Times and headlined at some of New York’s most chic clubs at the time including Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, The Peppermint Lounge, and the Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village, to name a few. The Pedestrians ended up inking a recording contact and playing again with some of the biggest names in the business. Along the way, they also recorded the soundtrack to the slasher movie, Splatter University, which has since become somewhat of an underground cult classic. While living and playing most nights in New York City and the Big Clubs of the Northeast, the band’s big break came when their manager booked them for a tour

of Europe playing with the likes of

The Troggs and Motorhead. However, that dream opportunity evaporated when the tour was abruptly cancelled because of an unexpected turn of events in one of the band members family. Another brush with fame beckoned Rominger who calls his decision to turn down that opportunity, “stupid.” The job was playing harmonica in the back-up band to Jimmy Buffet. “He’s one of those rare guys who hasn’t had a hit in five years and he still sells out. I still kick myself for that one,” Rominger says with a slight chuckle. Nowadays, with his touring days but fond memories, Rominger runs a successful recording studio he built in 1986, he says that was something he had always wanted to do. Tucked away near the banks of the Watauga River, Rominger’s clients come from far and near and play just about every type of music imaginable. As of late he has been working with Rob Russell and the Sore Losers in the studio doing pre-production on some original songs for their new cd. He

has also produced a slew of ra-

dio and TV commercials for local businesses including Grindstaff Automotive Group which include the newest one now airing, “Call the Boss”. Two years ago, he entered the business world again with his fiancée June Seaton. They are the owners of Packadoo Consignment Gallery, dealing in Furniture, Antiques, Home Accessories and lots more, located in Johnson City. He spends days at the store and is in the recording studio most nights. He also loves to spend time with his 10 year old son, Rhett, “he teaches me something new everyday and loves coming in the studio and helping me when I am recording a new band”. Rominger has never stopped performing and plays locally with ultra talented guitarist, Brim Leal, who is the owner of Bodega 105 Restaurant in downtown Johnson City, where the two can be found playing on many weekends. Just recently he has formed a new band with some of the finest mu-

sicians in the area whom he has worked with in the studio over the years: Jacob Tipton on keyboards, Todd Jones on Bass, Joe Hoskins on guitar and John Gardner on drums. He also works with the talented pianist Patti Quarles in a swing band and local Bluesman George Ferrell from time to time. As a local entertainment professional, he just finished his second year on a three judge panel of the “Tri-Cities Got Talent” Contest, which is a fundraiser for Kari’s Heart Foundation. The contest was started locally to raise awareness and funds for the organization started by Dr. Jeff Schoondyke & his wife Jennifer after the loss of their daughter, Kari. Kari’s Heart Foundation helps other families that have sick children with needs they encounter during such a difficult time. “It has been one of the most wonderful organizations I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of and it is a very worthwhile cause” says Rominger.

Factoid Tony Rominger, Engineer/Producer Note-Orious Sound Recording Studio Experience: over 26 years in production Phone:423-957-0222

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Milligan College ‑ BS, Accounting and Business Administration (ʼ85) ‑ Senior Class President MBA, East Tennessee State University Ph.D., University of Tennessee


INAUGURATION October 28, 2011, 2 p.m.

Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Chapel

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Accounting, Pet Dairy and Morrill Motors VP of Marketing, Silver Creek Technologies Messiah College (PA) International Business Institute faculty J. Henry Kegley Professor of Economics and Business, Milligan College Founding director, Milligan MBA VP for Institutional Advancement, Milligan College Published author and frequent lecturer


All events are open to the public and FREE unless otherwise noted.




September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m. Seeger Memorial Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium

September 16, 7‑9 p.m., Gregory Center

September 24, 9 a.m.‑1 p.m., Gregory Center September 27, 11 a.m. Seeger Memorial Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium

Throughout the gospels, Jesusʼ invitations to come to him for unconditional love and spiritual rest live side by side with a series of seemingly impossible spiritual demands. Love your enemies. Take up your cross every day. Forgive, or you will not be forgiven. Deny yourself completely. Led by Milliganʼs own faculty and staff, “The Hard Word: Things I Wish Jesus Never Said,” is a month‑long look at the “hard sayings” of Jesus, bringing us face to face with a Savior who gives, and requires more than we might think.

This storytelling performance will feature members of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild, who delight audiences with their compelling and entertaining tales. Members of the Guild are professional, semi‑professional, and hobbyist storytellers. General admission is $5, and student tickets are $3.

AREA‑WIDE STRING ORCHESTRA CONCERT September 17, 7 p.m. Seeger Memorial Chapel, Mary B. Martin Auditorium Milligan will host the fifth annual area‑wide string orchestra workshop and concert on September 17. This all‑day workshop will feature 200 high school and college string students from Dobyns‑Bennett High School, Science Hill High School, and Milligan College. The workshop clinician will be the renowned conductor Dr. John Ross from Appalachian State University. The day will culminate with an evening concert showcasing the beautiful and energetic sounds of a mass string orchestra.

Arron Chambers will present a seminar based on his book Eats with Sinners on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Milliganʼs Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Chambers is the lead minister at Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado. He is the author of several books and also the executive producer and on‑air host of the primetime TV program “Enjoy the Journey with Arron Chambers.” For registration information, contact Phyllis Fox at 423.975.8021. Chambers will speak again in Milliganʼs convocation service on Tuesday, September 27, at 11 a.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel.


PREMIER CHRISTIAN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE Milligan offers traditional undergraduate programs in over 30 majors plus graduate and professional studies. To learn more, visit

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WQUT Concert Schedule Bridgestone Arena in Nashville: Aug 1 Sade and John Legend Aug 17 Maroon 5 & Train Aug 19 Katy Perry Sept 13 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Sept 16 &17 Taylor Swift

Philips Arena in Atlanta: Oct 1 & 2 Taylor Swift Oct 22 Sugerland

Bijou Theatre in Knoxville: Aug 2 Bob Weir (solo acoustic show) Aug 12 Johnny Winter with Damon Fowler

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: Aug 1 Bob Dylan Aug 14 Doobie Brothers Aug 19 Ted Nugent Oct 10 Adele Oct 22 Peter Frampton (Flood Relief Benefit Show)

Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Charlotte: Aug 5 Kings of Leon Aug 21 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug 27 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C.: Aug 27 George Jones Sept 2 Travis Tritt Sept 4 ZZ Top Sept 17 Creedence Clearwater Revisited Sept 24 Rick Springfield

Time Warner Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C.: Aug 20 Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger Aug 25 Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow Sept 25 Brad Paisley

Thompson Boling Arena: Aug 12 Keith Urban with Jake Owen Oct 6 Sugarland Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville: Sept 25 Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas

House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Aug 13 Inxs Aug 26 Mr. Big Oct 14 Styx

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Nov 27 Joe Bonamassa

Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.: Aug 5 Smokey Robinson Aug 11 Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers Aug 12 Alison Krauss & Union Station Aug 27 Beach Boys Sept 3 Styx Oct 7 Eddie Money

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta: Aug 28 Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow Sept 16 Journey, Foreigner & Night Ranger Chastain Park in Atlanta: Aug 2 Selena Gomez Aug 3 Brian Wilson Aug 6 & 7 Steely Dan Aug 14 Inxs Aug 15 Stevie Nicks Oct 1 Bryan Ferry

For more details visit our website or look for our listings every month in Out ‘N About Magazine or call us at WQUT!

Down Home

Concert Schedule

300 W. Main Street, Johnson City, TN. 423-929-9822

Friday, August 5th Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; 9 p.m.

Friday, August 19th Yarn; 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 6th Jon Byrd; 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 20th Rob Russell; 9 p.m.

Friday, August 12th Scott Miller; 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 21st Billy Joe Shaver; 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 13th Trey Hensley; 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 27th Wayne Henderson; 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 18th The Steeldrivers; 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 1st; Ben Solee; 8 p.m.


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Eye of the Hurricane: Local Weathermen Keep Us Informed Johnson City, TN. --- In 27 years of reporting the weather, Mark Reynolds has seen it all. And, Rob Williams and Nathan Scott aren’t far behind. The men behind the Storm Team at News Channel 11 say this past tornado season was by far the most memorable time in their collective broadcasting lives. “April 27th is a day I’ll never forget,” Reynolds said matter-of-factly. “A dozen tornados slammed our region with Southwest Virginia, Washington, Johnson and Greene Counties being the most affective. We stayed on the air all night to report the tornados [paths] and I know our reporting saved people’s lives.” In all his years on camera, Reynolds says the past year has brought the worse weather he’s ever seen. “Not since 1974 have we seen an outbreak of tornados like those a few months ago. It’s pretty amazing that the recent storms were like the outbreak in 1974 in that they traveled a similar path.” The weathermen stayed on the air updating and interrupting programming for nearly six hours straight and then switched to their 24/7 channel staying up with no sleep throughout the night. Call that dedication. “Technically, our Viper Radar has the ability to pick out the paths of storms and it relays a wealth of information to us back at the studio,” Reynolds explained. “But, we went out and road

in a Wings [rescue] helicopter to learn more off the air and we saw first-hand all the damage. We rode around for several hours and surveyed the damage right up the valley. . .and at the V.A. I know we did our jobs because our reporting saved lives. We can get information to our viewers faster than ever and they depend on us for that accurate reporting. Our viewers are also somewhat like our partners in that they send us photos via email and we added them to our reporting. We had photos of the tornado damage and pictures of hail the size of baseballs and tennis balls. Those images were quite amazing and rather frightening to say the least.” Williams is a ten year veteran at News Channel 11 as the morning weather side-kick to newsman Josh Smith. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Meteorology. Scott, a Zanesville, Ohio native, has been at 11 Connects for two years. He holds a B.S. degree in meteorology from Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I love having the opportunity to work at 11 Connects,” he says with a smile. “Everyone here is very nice and accommodating.” The conversation however turns grim when the men talk about those not so lucky in the recent tornado deluge. “Unfortunately [like in the Glade Springs area] some people went to bed and late that night a Super Cell came through and some people lost their lives. That’s the downside of this

Nathan Scott and Mark Reynolds in the studio.

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business,” Scott said. “And, we wish people would maybe released as early as the fall,” he says with send us reports more through facebook or twitter a sly grin. “I believe it’ll appeal to the masses and or other social networks because receiving quick change the way weather is watched.” information about damage is key in our efforts Just like a coy weatherman, he wouldn’t elaboto report dangerous situations,” Reynolds added. rate but added, “Tune in!” “Like the floods in Carter County in 1998 the worse part of the job is reporting lives being lost.” If you think putting a weather forecast is a snap, think again. It takes hours upon hours to develop weather casts that may only last 10 minutes on the 6 o’clock news. The “Storm Center” at New Channel 11 is a round-the-clock bevy of activity. “We do everything ourselves in preparing for the weather forecast,” Reynolds reflects. “We generate the maps, graphics, and develop the forecast using the most up-to-date technology available. And, it’s ever changing.” Reynolds also attends conferences to keep up with the latest changes and trends in the weather field. He and Williams hold AMS [American Metrology Society designation] with Scott studying to take the rigorous test soon. Reynolds says new amazing technology to predict the weather is on the Studying the weather maps is a daily routine for the horizon. “A new way of forecasting weather men.

Rob Williams sands in front of a weather map.

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Historical Trust to sponsor annual ‘Boones Creek Day’ He may not have known it, but when Daniel Boone killed a bear on the frontier, and commemorated it by carving the date on a tree, he also bequeathed his legendary name to a creek, a highway and a community. And from that long-ago day, more than 250 years ago, some of America’s greatest have congregated along the pure waters of the stream that now bears Boone’s name, including William Bean, his hunting partner and friend, who settled where the creek emptied into the Watauga River, becoming the first settler in what is now Tennessee. In keeping with that special heritage and spirit of adventure, the Boones Creek Historical Trust sponsored Boones Creek Day on Saturday, July 30 at Boones Creek Potters Gallery and Gift Shop, 2362 New Boones Creek Road (State Route 354). “It was a celebration of the history of Boones Creek,” said Edward Bowman, one of the founders of the trust, which he said was the brain child of Ruth Hodges. “The trust was established in 1986. It came out of the Tennessee Homecoming celebration. and was organized to preserve, protect and collect the history of the Boones Creek community – the oldest community in Tennessee.”

Boones Creek Historical Trust organizer Edward Bowman, center, describes the Clark House – now housing Boones Creek Potters Gallery – from the room that was his great-great grandfather’s office as gallery owner Jennifer Reese, left, looks on.

Boones Creek Historical Trust leaders, from left, Lilly Hensley, Edward Bowman, Vickie Shell and Bo Bowman.

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“The only thing missing is the mustache.” Bowman’s grandfather and Shell’s grandfather were brothers among the 13 children Clark raised. He labored long and hard through cholera and smallpox epidemics. With fear gripping the community, sometimes only the doctor and his children were available to tend to, and ultimately bury the bodies of the victims. “He knew all the families in the area. Many times he didn’t charge for his services but, if he did, the maximum charge was $1 – $1.50 if he went to their house,” Bowman said. “He had a horse named ‘Cleveland.’ Now, when he would go take care of someone, sometimes he had already had a long day, and the story goes that he would sometimes fall asleep in the saddle, or in the buggy, and that good old horse would bring him back home without fail.” Clark also served as a justice of the peace, and it was not uncommon that people would show up at the house so he could perform their marriage. The parlor was generally reserved for that special activity. Bowman recalled a story about one rather red-faced fellow who showed up with his daughter and a young man.

Bowman said the idea of Boones Creek Day is also in keeping with another old tradition in the community. “For many, many years, there was a fall festival each year at Boones Creek school – now the middle school – and the community supported and enjoyed that very much.” Bowman and fellow organizers and trust members Vickie Shell, Lilly Hensley and Bo Bowman gathered at the gallery with owner Jennifer Reese to share information and give a brief tour of the imposing clapboard house that was headquarters for the event. “We’re paid really close attention to the quality of the craftspeople, and the vendors we invited,” Shell said. “There was a potter’s booth where kids got their hands right in there and actually make a clay pot on a wheel. There were llamas and other pets; a really child-friendly atmosphere.” There was a variety of craft demonstrations, including beads, gourds, crafts, fine art, pottery, jewelry, wood turning, chair caning, photography, books, paintings, “Daniel Boone Knives” and much more. Antique spinning wheels and wool implements were on display, and some special four-legged guests will be in attendance A few of the Boones Creek Potters Gallery items are for a petting zoo, courtesy of Limestone Llamas. Tours of the house was offered as well as the trust’s popular featured in the house parlor. cookbooks on sale. Plenty of food was available and entertainment was provided “Clark said to him, ‘Let me take a look at that license.’ And by the Rockingham Road Band and the East Tennessee State Uni- when he pulled back his coat, there in his other hand was a shotversity Bluegrass Band. gun...” Bowman laughed. “So apparently he intended for the Admission to Boones Creek Day was free. Sponsors include nuptials to take place.” Food City, the Johnson City Power Board, Boones Creek PharAnother time, two men and two women arrived, doubled on macy, Evergreen of Johnson City, Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, their respective horses. Shortly Clark arrived on Cleveland, and People’s Community Bank, Snowden’s Siding Roofing and Win- asked if he could help them. “They told him they wanted to get dows, Ingle’s, Youngdale Interiors, Boones Creek Outdoor Power married. He performed the service while they were sitting right out Equipment, Snyder Funeral Home, Pride Communications, Green there in the yard on horseback.” Realty, Bowman Farm and Springs and Zak’s Furniture. In addition to being a member of the county court, Clark was Reese bought the gallery 12 years ago and, two and a half chairman of the Washington County Democratic Party. Oftenyears ago, moved it to the historic Clark house. “We’ve enjoyed it times he would join another prominent Boones Creek citizen, here very much,” Reese said. “It’s a good connection for us.” W.F. Carter, who was chairman of the Washington County ReStanding in the room that once served as the office of his publican Party and also a magistrate, and they would ride togreat-great grandfather, Dr. Joseph Lee Clark, Bowman recounted gether to meetings at the courthouse in Jonesborough. the doctor’s longtime service to the community. (The Boones Creek Historical Trust meets at Boones Creek “He was also a farmer and teacher – and teaching principal Christian Chapel, 305 Christian Church Road – at the corner of at the old Gravel Hill School, just over the ridge from here. Most Boones Creek Road – on the third Monday of each month bepeople probably know it as the Columbia Institute. It is presently ginning at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Carlos the Reid home,” Bowman said. Whaley at 423-620-7483 or visit the website: www.boonescreek“And Ed is the spitting image of him,” Shell said, with a grin.

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Knoxville Zoo Fact Sheet

Did You Know?

Description: Knoxville Zoological Gardens offers an entertaining and unique educational experience for the entire family and guests of all ages. The zoo is situated on 53 rolling acres on the east side of Knoxville. Attendance: Annual attendance averages 400,000. Location: Off exit 392 from Interstate 40 coming East and exit 392A coming West.

Follow Knoxville Zoo Drive from Rutledge Pike. Hours: Currently, the zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. Seasonal hours change in September and again in October. Admission: $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65+. Admission is free for children under 2. Other special rates may apply. Parking is $5. Discounted tickets and memberships are available at all Knoxville area Kroger stores. Prices are subject to change without notice. Group Rates, Reduced rates are available for organized groups of 15 or more that register in advance. Memberships & Various levels of memberships are available to Knoxville Zoo. The education Education: department offers programs for all ages. Special features: This summer, the zoo is welcoming two very special visitors; Buttercup, the largest reticulated python in the U.S. and Tallulah, a rare white alligator! Animals in Action, the dynamic show featuring Knoxville Zoo’s world-famous African grey parrot Einstein and a talented cast of dogs, too.

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Fun facts about Knoxville Zoo

Wee Play Zoo is a great indoor place to play and run your own zoo, and experience animals up close in Animal Encounter Village during the summer months. The Clayton Family Kids Cove featuring the Night Club and the Barn Loft, The Boyd Family Red Panda Village, Grasslands Africa!, Stokely African Elephant Preserve, Meerkat Lookout, Penguin Rock, Chimp Ridge, River Otters, Cheetah Savannah, Gorilla Valley and Black Bear Falls are exhibits that echo the animals’ natural habitats. Knoxville Zoo has plenty of ways to help visitors stay cool, too, with water misters and

indoor exhibits throughout the park and an air-conditioned indoor play area and a water play area. Animals: Knoxville Zoo is home to more than 800 animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians. Visitor services: Knoxville Zoo features plenty of choices for refreshments including full meals available at Safari Grill as well as additional concessions located throughout the zoo. Camel rides are available April through Labor Day. Unique animal-themed gifts are available at the Zoo Shop as well as at gift stands and gift carts. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. Telephone Number: (865) 637-5331 Web Site Address: Facebook: Twitter: @knoxvillezoo

Knoxville Zoo is the red panda capital of the Western hemisphere, having the greatest success in breeding and survival of red pandas. Knoxville Zoo participates in the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). In 2011, the zoo celebrated the birth of two pandas bringing the total number born in Knoxville to 100 since 1978. There are more than 800 animals at Knoxville Zoo and the food budget for the year exceeds $160,000. Weekly, the animals consume 5,200 lbs. of hay, 120 lbs. bananas, 735 lbs of meat, 2,200 lbs of grain and lots of greens. Black Bear Falls is one of the best bear exhibits in the nation with both horizontal and vertical space for the bears to roam. The three-fourths of an acre, openair exhibit houses the zoo’s three black bears. It has been designed to simulate the bears’ mountain habitat with natural-looking trees, tumbling waterfalls and flowing streams. The exhibit also offers guests an inside view of their den. Knoxville Zoo has been noted as having one of the finest reptile collections in the nation with more than 400 specimens representing over 80 species. The Herpetology department has established an international reputation for the successful breeding of many rare, threatened, and endangered species. Knoxville Zoo was the first in the world to breed Papuan pythons, was one of only a few zoos to have success with the little-known Philippine pit-viper, and is the only institution to have had consistent breeding success with tiger rattlesnakes. Turtles and tortoises have become a primary conservation priority for the Herpetology department, and currently these animals comprise over 50% of the reptile and amphibian collection. The zoo was the first in the United States to have breeding success with the endangered Madagascar flat-tail tortoise, and has had consistent success with Madagascar spider tortoise and Indian star tortoise. Numerous species of turtles have been produced including Vietnamese black-bellied leaf turtles, Australian snake-neck turtles, Malayan spiny turtles, and North American wood turtles. Zoo staff has taken the lead role in a long-term conservation program for the threatened bog turtle. This program combines the study of this species in the wild and a highly successful captive-breeding/head-starting/ release program through which over 135 young bog turtles have been released into a mountain wetland in our state. In 2008, the first bog turtle hatchling was found at the Ripshin Bog.

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Summer Movie Scorecard By: Toby Laek, Producer, Daytime Tri-Cities

Agents Gary Amos Mark Peterson

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Summer - the season when Hollywood looks to fill its coffers by releasing a non-stop torrent of expensive and commercially viable films tailor-made to please film fans from 3 to 73. These are what we call “popcorn films” – the putyour-brain-on-hold-and-enjoy-the-ride flicks. Hollywood’s summer movie gravy train started rolling when Universal Pictures released Jaws in the summer of 1975 and became the highest grossing film of all time. Each year there are some hits and each year there are some misses. When I say “hits and misses”, I’m speaking artistically – just because a movie makes tons of money doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good (Transformers 2 or any of the Twilight movies can attest to that) and conversely, just because a film underperforms at the box office doesn’t mean that it’s bad (Tarantino’s Kill Bill films). I’ll break down this summers hits and misses in the Out ‘N About Summer Movie Scorecard. Head of the Class Super 8 JJ Abrams’ love letter to his mentor (and Super 8 producer) Steven Spielberg. Super 8 is what would happen if The Goonies, Jaws, and ET had a baby. It features great acting by the entire cast (especially the child actors) and, most importantly, all the heart of the Spielberg productions we all loved in the 80’s. Grade: A Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 The exceedingly triumphant end to what has become a fantastic series. As the series’ protagonists have matured, the series itself has thematically matured. The first couple of films were about Harry’s introduction to the world of magic and wonder. The finale is all about war, death, self-sacrifice, and triumph. Oh yeah, it’s also a brilliant ending to the most lucrative franchise in film history. Grade: A Thor Though Thor is technically not a summer film if you go by the calendar (it came out in May), it contains the ingredients of a summer film: a big budget, a well known title, and lots of money spent marketing the film. Much like Iron Man, Thor proved that you don’t have to be in the Spider-Man/Batman realm of name recognition if you hire great filmmakers and let them do what they do best. Grade B+

X-Men: First Class After the major artistic disappointments of the last two X-Men films, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and XMen Origins: Wolverine (2009), I had little hope for First Class. What I didn’t expect was that director Matthew Vaughn would take what was so great about the Bryan Singer X-Men films and expand on them. Taking place around the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vaughn sets the stage for the birth of the X-Men and lays the groundwork for more films. Grade: B+ Just Getting By Transformers: Dark of the Moon The second Transformers movie was the height of all that I loath in today’s Hollywood. It was all style and absolutely no substance, but above all else, it was not entertaining. The third film in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has its many faults (awkward attempts at humor, a leading actress that can’t act, a script that often devolves to unintelligible screaming, a supersized bloated runtime…) but makes up for them through sheer entertainment. Grade: C Cars 2 It had to happen. After an amazing run of near-perfect releases, Pixar has finally released a film that’s hard to love. The original Cars film was pretty great, but not close to their biggest films (Toy Story series, Finding Nemo, Wall E, Up) either artistically or in terms of box office returns, so the decision to produce a sequel was curious at first. It all comes clear, however, when you learn that Cars is, by far, the biggest Pixar property in terms of merchandising and popularity with kids. Unfortunately, Cars 2 feels like an extended commercial conceived to sell Happy Meals and toys. Hopefully the geniuses at the studio will learn from their mistake and get back to making wonderful films. Grade: C Green Lantern I wasn’t into comic books too much as a kid with the exceptions of SpiderMan, Batman, The Incredible Hulk, and Green Lantern. That’s why I was hoping that the Lantern’s maiden voyage on the big screen would be special like Thor or Iron Man, a vehicle to triumphantly turn a second tier super hero into a household name. Unfortunately we got an uneven mid-level picture. The special effects are brilliant and Ryan Reynolds embodies the character pretty well, but a meandering plot and nebulous villain unceremoniously sink the proceedings. Grade: C

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Outreach to Community, Campus Ignites Mary B. Martin School of Arts’ Growth

Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU doesn’t offer classes, but its benefactor, director and administrator have learned a lot since “school” started in January 2009. That first season of MBM SOTA’s performing and visual arts series included eight events. Season 2 included 29 events and more than 40 outreach/educational activities on campus and in the community. The program’s third season, which opens Sept. 12 with the documentary film Surviving Hitler and Sept. 19 with an exhibition and lecture by painter Lenore Thomas, will be even bigger, says Director Anita DeAngelis, a visual artist and art faculty member who conceived the arts series with an educational twist. “Our funding has changed so drastically from that initial season until now that there’s little resemblance in what we are doing,” says DeAngelis. “We are able to bring in artists of a much higher caliber than I ever anticipated, and because of additional staff, we are more able to do more events and activities.” The growth in event numbers and quality is because of two key factors, she says: the late Mary B. Martin’s investing acumen and the support and generosity of her husband, James C. “Jim” Martin, who the first year donated $1 million and has since given an additional $2 million. “This is her idea,” says retired Eastman Chemical Co. chemist Jim Martin. “All I am doing is pushing Anita to achieve her own idea. I’m excited she has had the measure of success she has had so far, but I expect superior performance from Anita. She is very good at what she does.” The second season included traditional music legend Doc Watson and storytell-

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er/musician David Holt, fusion funk band Eclectica, printmaker and animal rights activist Sue Coe and dancer/choreographer Daniel Charon. Martin’s personal favorites were a concert featuring 22-year-old Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto performing with ETSU’s Dr. Chih-Long Hu and “Universe of Dreams” with Celtic group Ensemble Galilei, narrator Neal Conan of NPR and images from the Hubble Space Telescope. “Ensemble Galilei was just extra good,” says Martin, who holds numerous patents but has long been a music lover. “It was good in one respect because of the interaction between the audience and the artists after the show … I was very impressed when I found out the entire group went to the V.A. Medical Center and played. “I give the program’s outreach a round of applause. It could be better, bigger, more, but I applaud that. In addition to the master classes and education, I like the artists’ interaction with people on a personal level. That’s a valuable experience for college students, whether it’s one on one or huddled around them as a group. I never got any of that when I was a college student. It’s really valuable.” Outreach and one-on-one interaction with the artists are the elements that set apart MBM SOTA from other arts series. For the weeklong visit by Charon, Jen Kintner, who is adjunct dance faculty and director of the regional Mountain Movers Dance Company, worked with DeAngelis on arraying numerous activities with campus and community dancers. Charon taught at Trinity Arts Center and Studio Dance in Johnson City, worked extensively with the Mountain Movers, choreographed a piece for the ETSU Spring Dance Concert and instructed Dance as a Human Experience, which Kintner teaches. “Dance as a Human Experience is a class for non-dancers and they fell in love with him,” Kintner says. “They created a dance in an hour and I filmed it. They just loved it.

They just couldn’t stop talking about it. And before he came, they didn’t know him from up. Getting to know the artist one on one then going to see their work, you have a greater appreciation for their work … “We just couldn’t have a better collaboration going on with Mary B. Martin. I was so grateful I wrote a letter to Mr. Martin. I said, ‘You can’t imagine how much we got from this $8,000 grant!’ “ Tim Barrett, executive and artistic director of Johnson City’s Academy of Strings, calls it “coming together in a spirit of cooperation.” Not only has the academy’s students and families been enjoying the arts series, but this spring, Ensemble Galilei spent an afternoon, sharing musical tips with Academy of Strings students. “The best thing about Mary B. Martin,” he says, “can be summed up in one word: inclusive. A lot of things can be a bit elitist, exclusive, rather than inclusive. I think the whole spirit of the organization is to be inclusive – different audiences, multi-generational, bringing different kinds of music to the area, instruction not only at the university but also in the community, working well together.” Administrative Coordinator Heidi Ehle calls the School of the Arts’ diverse seasons “a smorgasbord of rare arts experiences … that have long-range potential, especially in cross-disciplinary engagement.” This season, in addition to planning events with campus collaborators such as the Music Department and Theatre Division, MBM SOTA will also be working with Symphony of the Mountains on a composers’ competition that will culminate in a 2012 performance of the winning work. “The symphony wasn’t really in a position to do something like this by themselves,” DeAngelis says, “and neither were we, but we are working together to make this happen. It also allows us to do something to help new artists and new works.” All the Mary B. Martin excitement is also inspiring arts enthusiasts to assist. “Our volunteers have grown to 94 by the end of last season,” says Ehle, a classical musician and dance educator. “Anywhere else I have lived, I have not seen the kind of willingness to step up and participate as I have seen in East Tennessee. Also, working with us, in all modesty, is kind of fun ... The students and community members are excited to work with a program that’s mov-

ing forward – and we throw them a party, so what’s not to like?” With the Martins’ generous funding and support of the campus and community, priorities and vision are evolving as MBM SOTA prepares for its third season. “Now we are at a point,” DeAngelis says, “where we need to reflect on where we go now. We are gathering information from our niche groups and getting a lot of ideas

of what people want to see, what’s interesting to individuals, and now that I have more experience with bringing in performing arts, it makes it easier for me to be a little more experimental. “For me, it’s exciting to be a part of all this. I do feel we are beginning to make an impact on our community and to be on the ground level and watch people coming to our events and enjoying themselves.” At a time when many programs for the arts are facing funding cuts, the MBM SOTA staff realizes its enviable position. “I just think it’s incredible to have all these resources, to be able to offer these experiences, especially in this economic climate,” Ehle says. “It’s a privilege to have this to offer. It’s been

an incredible adventure for me.” And local and campus artists and arts educators are glad to reap the benefits of the growing program and partner further in the future. “I think it’s wonderful,” Barrett says. “All our families have really enjoyed

performances by string players from around the country and around the world. It’s amazing that the Martins have given this gift to the area.” “What we have is visionary,” Kintner says. “I don’t know of many places that have something of Mary B. Martin’s caliber. Those of us in the arts community should do everything to support it.” For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, call 423-439-TKTS (8587) or visit or

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Sweet Tooth: The Crazy Cup Cake Pleases the Palate Jonesborough, TN. --- Here’s a motto for you: “Cupcakes Aren’t Just for Dessert Anymore!” Nor are some of the flavors offered at The Crazy Cup Cake located in Tennessee’s oldest town on 135 E. Main Street. There are over 60 varieties offered to the public on The Crazy Cup Cake web site and owner Allison Winfield chooses 10 and those are what they bake that particular day. If you follow them on Facebook you can offer flavor suggestions and learn the day’s menu. Pizza Cupcakes? Could be. Pancakies with maple, brown sugar and bacon? That’s been done. The Winfields, transplants from San Diego, California, discovered the Tri-Cities when D.J. transferred here as a manager of Best Buy. The couple however yearned to “do their own thing” and Allison explained they always, “wanted to build a business of our own to have something for our family.” In July 2009, the couple left California and came up with the cupcake store concept after watching episodes of Cupcake Wars on cable TV where contestants try to create cupcakes using surprise ingredients. While D.J. is considered the chef in the family, ironically, Allison had to teach him how to bake. “I’ve been baking since I was a little girl in my mother’s kitchen,” she offered. “I taught him how to bake and he taught me how to cook.” Those skills come in handy since the Winfields are parents to four boys and a girl whose ages range from two years old to 10 and a half. They take turns [both] watching the kids and running the cupcake store. “It’s a trade off,” she said with a chuckle. “For example he’ll open and I’ll come in at 3 [o’clock] and close at 6 p.m. and stay until around 7 p.m. cleaning up.” From 12 a.m. until 6 p.m. or later on weekends a variety of unique cupcakes are offered; both sweet and savory varieties. A fan’s favorite is the CinnaMonster obviously made with cinnamon, cinnamon chips, cinnamon sugar topping and is touted

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Allison Winfield greets customers into The Crazy Cup Cake, located in downtown Jonesborough.

A girl and her friends celebrate her birthday with a cupcake.

as a, “great breakfast treat!” You won’t find extracts or food coloring in Allison’s cupcake creations. “You might pay a little more for our cupcakes than you would at Wal-Mart or other bakeries,” Allison stated. “But you’re paying for quality because we use all natural ingredients and no shortening.” But you will find D.J. at the Jonesborough Farmers Market offering the savory delights to go with your favorite coffee. And it’s there where he finds many of the fresh ingredients that end up in the cupcake bakery. New cupcake flavors are added every week sometimes at the suggestions of customers. Past favorites include: Peanut Butter Dream, Nuts Over Chocolate, Bond James Bond, Blackberries and Raspberries & Cream. A contest is currently being held to create a new cupcake and the winning entry will be added to the menu. And, believe it or not, special orders for weddings and showers are in demand as Allison says her tiered 208 cupcake display is a big hit at weddings and special event. “If you want to call ahead we’ll have the cupcakes waiting for you,” she said. “And, we welcome the opportunity to help you prepare for that special event.”

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HCG Transformation Program at Livefit Medicine Offers Lifestyle Change that really Works

Kingsport, TN. — Imagine you weighed 370 pounds and were a walking heart attack just waiting to happen. Now imagine losing 152 pounds and going from a 52 inch waist line to 38 inches around your middle. Well that’s what race car driver and current engine builder Jeff Herron of Kingsport did. He was struggling with his weight until his son Jason introduced him to Willie Hamilton, owner of Livefit Medicine where he operates the HCG Transformation program which offers a true lifestyle change. “Our program is based on the original Simeon diet,” Willie explained. “There are four phases to our program and we walk you through each step of the way. Phase 1 & 2 are the 40 days of the diet and phase three we have developed into a low carbohydrate diet and this is where we begin our 6-8 week strength conditioning program. After you reach your goal we do metabolic testing and teach you how to keep your weight normal without dieting. So basically, we are offering a lifestyle change.”

Jeff called Willie on May 17th of last year and a meeting was set up and goals discussed. Jeff began a 500 calorie intake diet and immediately began losing weight. “Willie is a sharp and good fellow,” Jeff says explaining that he lifts weights with him three times a week. “If you get stuck for some reason and you stop losing weight he can get you unstuck. And, he’s a phone call away whether it’s at night or he’s at home.” Jeff said when he started the “lose 40 pounds in 40 days” program and that he achieved his goal twice in only three weeks each time. “I had been on a lot of other diet programs where I’d lose 50 or 60 pounds and turn around and gain it back,” he explained. “Willie’s program teaches you how to eat right when you’ve lost the weight.” Today, at 209 pounds, Jeff says he is walking proof that the Livefit Program works. “This diet leaves you with no flab; it’s not like that with gastric by-pass surgery which is a consideration for people really overweight” [obese]. Jeff said when he began his exercise program, “I could barely bench press 125 pounds. Now, I can

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One of Jeff’s race car projects clear 275 pounds during my three day routine of lifting weights with Willie.” On the business side, Jeff is co-owner of J&J, a company that builds race engines located near Kingsport Speedway. His company has been responsible for many wins at Kingsport, Coeburn and Bristol with the likes of Paul Shull, Robbie Ferguson, Van Greer, and Brad Houseright. He also builds engines for Randy Moore’s trucks. He was a successful drag racer in his own right winning competitions in the Super Stock Division but he is too busy these days to compete on a regular basis. Jeff and his wife, Michelle have three kids and live in Kingsport. And, by-the-way, son Jason who introduced his dad to Willie Hamilton and the Livefit Medicine program lost over 100 pounds!

Jeff with Robbie Ferguson and partner Joey Clay

Testing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Former Political Icon Enjoying Life in the Private Sector with a degree in political science and economics. Following college, she interned for two years for Congressman Jenkins on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. before taking a summer off to travel throughout Spain only to return to Washington D.C. to work on K Street for the lobbing firm of Ernst & Young. “No one knows who they are until I tell them they are the guys on the awards shows that come out with the locked brief cases with the results,” she said with a laugh. “It was an interesting place to work.” In 2005, longing to return to her interest in politics, Amanda accepted the position of Grass Roots Coordinator for the Ed Bryant for United States Senate campaign. Bryant finished second to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and she ultimately went to work for the Tennessee State Republican party where she was involved with 20 candidates in 11 counties. For two and a half years she served as Campaign Coordinator for Congressman Phil Roe’s successful bid for a seat in Congress representing the First District. In fact, Rep. Roe received an astounding 82% of the vote. Following the election AmanAmanda and her daughter Alexa da began to address her personal weight problem and learned about Willie Hamilton’s LiveFit HCG Transformation Diet Devel-

Kingsport, TN. --- She has worked with some of the most recognizable Republican political figures in East Tennessee political history: U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, U.S. Congressman and Senate candidate Ed Bryant, U.S. Congressman Bill Jenkins, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, [just to name a few] as well as spending time on Capitol Hill working for a lobbying firm and travelling extensively. Amanda Wilson has a knack for Politics 101. She became interested in politics while a Science Hill High School student in Johnson City and carried that interest to the University of Tennessee where she graduated

“We educate opment Program in Kingsport. “I met Willie and was impressed people about with his program that truly works weight loss and with the individual in his or her give them the quest to lose weight and become resources to healthier,” Amanda said matter-of- make dramatfactly. “I lost 55 pounds on the pro- ic life changes. gram and went from a size 12 to a Willie and our size 4. I now love going to the closet staff checks in with our cliand picking out clothes!” Willie and Amanda became ents daily befriends and she began introduc- cause we want ing LiveFit Medicine to family and them to sucfriends. Shortly thereafter, Willie ceed and obhired her as the company’s Director tain not only Amanda and her former boss, of Marketing & Advertising. their weight loss Congressman Phil Roe “Much like politics, I saw Wil- goal but in adlie’s mission, vision and goals and dition, their goal wanted to be involved in such an to become healthier.” exciting opportunity aimed at helpAmanda points out that ten ing people who are struggling. In clients in Willie’s LiveFit program politics sometime the results in were able to come off their insulin the end aren’t so positive,” she ex- pumps. “That fact in itself is quite plained. “My parents are physicians rewarding to say the least,” she so it’s gratifying to be working for added. “I’m blessed to find somesomeone that I believe in and see on thing and someone that I believe a daily basis how people’s lives are in and get the opportunity to see Amanda and Sen. Tom Delay changed because of his program. them and our program succeed.” He’s had two clients lose over 200 pounds and 54 lose over 100 pounds. That’s not only quite remarkable, it’s really astounding!” At LiveFit Medicine, Amanda says Willie Hamilton’s approach is all Amanda and Congressman about the individual. and Mrs. Ed Bryant Amanda and Gov. Bill Haslam

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Amanda and Sen. Bill Frist

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Amanda and Dick Arney

Amanda and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

Has three sisters and a daughter, Alexa, 3 and a half years old. Member of the Jr. League of Johnson City. Active in local politics as a member of Bristol/Kingsport/Sullivan County Republican Women’s organizations. As a high school student, worked in both Congressmen Jimmy Quillen’s and Bill Jenkins’ successful campaigns. Graduate of the University of Tennessee.

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